NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men's hockey program has advanced to the Semifinal Round in the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the first time in program history. They Camels set a program record with 14 wins in the NESCAC era and are receiving nine votes in this week's USCHO National Poll. The third seeded Camels will carry a three-game winning streak into Saturday's 1 p.m. semifinal contest against fourth seeded Williams College at Amherst College's Orr Rink.
Eighth seeded Tufts will clash against second seeded Amherst in the other semifinal at 4. The two semifinal winners will face-off Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. for the Championship. The winner of the NESCAC Crown will receive an invitation to the 2015 NCAA Men's Hockey Championship. The Camels were 1-1 against Williams and Amherst in the regular season and posted a perfect 2-0 mark against the Jumbos from Tufts.
Tickets will be available 90 minutes prior to the first game each day at Orr Rink. Prices are $5 for adults and $2 for students and children under 18 each day.
Saturday afternoon, Connecticut College secured a 4-3 victory against Hamilton College in overtime in front of 438 fans at Dayton Arena. Junior forward Tim DiPretoro (Philadelphia, Pa.) potted a pair of second-period scores and assisted on a third goal to help lead the Camels to the triumph. Junior Joe Birmingham (Medford, N.J.) dished out three assists. Sophomore Brian Belisle (Cumberland, R.I.) scored the equalizer with just 48 seconds left and senior JC Cangelosi (pictured, Estero, Fla.) potted the game-winner in overtime.
Junior Tom Conlin (Norwood, Mass.) turned aside 33 shots in Saturday's triumph over Hamilton and has posted a 2.25 goals against average with a .924 save percentage in 23 starts. Conlin was honored on the All-NESCAC Men's Hockey Second Team this week. He was recognized twice this season as the NESCAC Men's Hockey Player of the Week. In January, Conlin was named the Most Valuable Player at the 50th Annual Codfish Bowl hosted by UMass-Boston.
At Dayton Arena this season, it's not all about the A's, B's and C's but we're getting to know our B's, C's and D's. We're talking about line-mates and Northfield Mount Hermon graduates Joe Birmingham, Joe Cangelosi and Tim DiPretoro. Birmingham has scored 11 goals to lead the team while ranking ninth in the NESCAC. In his first season with the program, Birmingham has dished out nine assists to rank third on the squad with 20 points. Senior JC Cangelosi has accounted for 21 points this winter with 10 goals and 11 assists. Cangelosi is the program's leading active scorer with 76 points on 36 goals and 40 assists. Junior Tim DiPretoro is sixth in the NESCAC with 16 assists and has potted 10 goals to lead the Camels while ranking seventh in NESCAC total offensive production with 26 points.
Sophomore forward Joe Giordano (Ellington, Conn.) 6-8-14 and senior Marc Roper (Moncton, New Brunswick) 5-8-13 have been key cogs in the line-up this winter. Sophomores Ryan Mowery (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) 4-9-13, Greg Liautaud (Butler, N.J.) (4-7-11), and Brian Belisle (3-8-11) have all made valuable contributions in their second season with the program.